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Wi opens up 3-shot advantage at Pebble

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Charlie Wi escaped most of the rain and built a three-shot lead Friday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Sunshine gave way to clouds and eventually a light rain on the Monterey Peninsula, which put a stop to the low scoring. Wi holed out a wedge for eagle on the 13th hole at Pebble Beach and limited the damage to a bogey on his final hole for a 3-under 69.

Dustin Johnson shot 72 at Spyglass and was three back at 9-under 135.

Tiger Woods had a 2-under 68 at Monterey Peninsula, which put him six shots behind. Phil Mickelson shot 65 and was five behind.

Wi was at 12-under 130 and now heads to Spyglass Hill, which has played slightly tougher than the other two courses.

McIlroy, Bjorn share lead in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn each shot 7-under 65 to share the lead Friday after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy made seven birdies, including a 25-yard chip-in on No. 8. He overtook first-round leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello with a 13-under total of 131.

“I was never really under pressure in any point of the round,” said McIlroy, the 2009 champion. “This was very stress-free golf; fairways most of the time, a lot of greens, and gave myself a lot of looks.”

Bjorn closed with two birdies to tie McIlroy, finishing with five birdies on the back nine. Cabrera-Bello (69) was a shot behind the leaders.

Fourth-ranked Martin Kaymer (67) made a hole-in-one on 16 to trail by two strokes. Third-ranked Lee Westwood (65) birdied his last three holes to reach 10 under.

McIlroy liked his improved driving after inconsistencies led to a second-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Championship two weeks ago.

“I’ve put that right for the most part and felt really confident off the tee,” said McIlroy, whose gallery included girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Bjorn, who beat Tiger Woods to win the tournament in 2001, started his charge on the ninth when he made three straight birdies and closed with another pair for a bogey-free 65.

“I went out and played some solid stuff all day. I’ve done that for quite a long time,” Bjorn said. “I have just got to try and keep focused, keep going with what I am doing. I am not making too many big mistakes out there and that is the key to playing this golf course.”

Kaymer (67) kept pace for much of the day at Emirates Golf Club, holding a share of the lead after 11. But McIlroy birdied the 12th and Kaymer three-putted for a bogey on his 13th. Just when it looked like he might fall down the leaderboard, he made a hole-in-one on his 16th, hitting an 8-iron 180 yards.

Pavin leads Allianz Championship

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Pavin shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship.

Pavin, winless in 34 career starts in the Champions Tour, had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch to shoot a back-nine 29 at Broken Sound Golf Club.

He won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, and set the nine-hole scoring record of 8-under 26 in the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship at Brown Deer Park.

Funk made his first start on the 50-and-over tour since July. He had a pair of thumb operations, eventually having a tendon in his left thumb fused last November. He had to grip a club in the operating room so the surgeon could make sure the thumb was fused in the proper position.

Langer won the 2010 tournament on his way to player of the year honors and the Boca Raton resident serves as the unofficial host of the event. Friday night, he had more than 80 players and family members come to his house for dinner.

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